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Store Locator Plus 4.4.19 and Tagalong 4.4.01 and User Interface updates


Some of you may have already noticed some changes  in the Store Locator Plus User Interface Panel.  We hope you like the new look, it is still being “remodeled” so we appreciate your patience while it is under construction.   The usability of the plugin should not be effected but if there is anything you cannot readily see please let us know.

In addition to the UI changes, we are endeavoring to create a new documentation site that will use the Word Press posts and categories method to augment the search box function.  It has been frustrating for  support  to search the documentation or the posts for the best answers as you may be aware.    The new Documentation site should be a great help narrowing down your search for specific instructions and/or ” how to”  information.

Store Locator Plus 4.4.19 Bug fix

A bug that was inadvertently introduced somewhere along the way, effected the “Disable scroll wheel” and “do not auto zoom” feature of Enhanced Map.  The bug only effected the Legacy add-on(s) and was a minute error in one line of code that was not readily noticed in testing.  The new Experience add-on , and upcoming Power Add-on are written correctly using best practices and rely on a different section of the base plug-in code (my non – technical explanation) and therefore were not effected.   Eventually all the old legacy code will be updated to work  efficiently with correct syntax and using best practices.   Which will mean a lot less updates and better performance.    Don’t worry there will be notices sent out  well ahead of time when this happens and your Legacy add-ons will still work with the 4.4 versions of SLP.


Tagalong version 4.4.01 was released today and addresses a missing translation string  for our Netherlands compatriots.  Thank you to Ramona for reporting this and for following through with us as the developer went through the files to find the missing translation for “Add”. Yep, that one little word created a mystery and confusion all its own, and why this support person could not find or replicate the issue. (my site isn’t in Dutch).   I will be adding translations to my support role on an interim as needed basis.

A reminder to our multi lingual  customers, website designers, developers or techie types, if you are interested in providing a translation services for add-ons that have not been translated, or are not at 100%  for the new Experience add-on , Store Locator Plus will reward you (once verified) with a free add-on or a discount coupon for your trouble.  If you have already translated and add-on, please send us the completed .po and .mo files.  To find out more please contact us.    You can also contribute translations for the base plug-in  at the Store Locator Plus directory at WordPress Translate.

Store Locator Plus also has a new You Tube channel where the video playlists will be combined and updated as needed. You can also click on the you tube icon in the SLP Info panel.

If you have any questions please post them in the forum and provide a screenshot of your plugin environment when requesting support or reporting any issues. Its not that we are nosy, but knowing what versions helps us when determining the source of any possible issues, plus it saves us time.  Sometimes it is a simple “update” that is needed. SLp-new-pluginenvironment-1

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SLP add-ons by DeBaat: Updated Extended Data Manager 4.4 and Social Media Extender 4.4

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The Extended Data Manager and Social Media Extender are  Third Party add-ons  by DeBaat. Both have  been updated to version 4.4 The newest feature of EDM is the ability to add a “help text” input field and the display type of the data field (Boolean, text, integer, icon, image). The EDM add-on is a useful tool for the site administrators allowing them to further customize the Store Locator Plus Locations info.

For more information on Store Locator Plus features, settings,  and other useful tips  watch the tutorial videos on the new Store Locator Plus You Tube channell.

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Store Locator Plus 4.4.17 release , Experience 4.4.03 and Tagalong 4.4


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Experience Add-on v 4.4.03

The Experience Add-on is the new go to add-on to enhance your users’ experience. In addition to the fixes outlined in the developer’s previous post, the EXP v. 4.4.03 update fixes the “disable scroll wheel” setting.


Tagalong version 4.4 has been released. The major component of the patch was the Tagalong Legend not appearing after upgrading to WP 4.4. This issue was attributable to the WordPress version 4.4. update which changed a function, i.e. wp_list_categories(). The PHP deciphering of $category apparently no longer worked after the WP update. Those of you who had a Tagalong legend working and who never updated to WP 4.4 may not have noticed any changes. The missing Legend box was reported in the forums this month and has been addressed with this release. Thank you to the people who reported this bug and thank you for being patient while the developer investigated.

When posting in the forums, always remember to provide as much detail as possible within the parameters of the text limitations, and always provide us with your Plugin environment information (a screenshot is best). We understand that most developers, designers,site owners, and others are not mucking around with their or their client’s WP site nor our plug-in every day so it may be difficult to ascertain when something “broke”, but if you do have a hint, please share it with us. When we see a pattern or more than one person reporting an issue and who may have a different plug-in environment it helps narrow down the possibilities.

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Store Locator Plus version 4.4.12 map marker Extended data and Experience add-on 4.4.01


SLP 4.4.12

The changes to the extended data system now supports a map marker ‘icon’ display type that is used with the Experience add-on to manage the per-location map markers in a more efficient manner. Minor updates to appearance and a new SLP Twenty Sixteen plugin style to complement the WP Twenty Sixteen theme.

The details and release notes are explained by the Store Locator Plus author, Lance Cleveland. The below videos have been added to the SLP documentation playlist.

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Store Locator Plus Version 4.4.10 fixes the JavaScript error for Pages add-on


Store Locator Plus version 4.4.10

Recent updates to Store Locator Plus 4 have fixed a minor bug that effected the way the Pages add-on shortcode was rendering.

Another feature some of the users and/or administrators were inquiring about is the registry to participate in the Freemius survey feature. Yes, this is still the same author, developer and product. Even if you have registered, you can bypass the survey questions, or opt out. We understand some users are testing and deactivating the plugin and then reinstalling or re-activating SLP 4 to a newer version. You can still select the deactivate button at the bottom of the short survey without adding a reason but we sure would appreciate it if you could share any relevant information about how the plug-in is working for you, even if you are just testing. This allows Store Locator Plus developer to be proactive and improve the plug-in as well as get suggestions for new features.

The new Experience Add-on was published today. Read the latest info and news post and check out the short video.

Next up: The new Power add-on to be released later this month. Stay tuned. Subscriptions 520x520

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SLP 4.4 and the new Experience Plug-in bundled add-ons

Experience Plug-in is now available for Purchase

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The new Experience Plugin will be the way to go to enhance your Store Locator Plus site. It includes the Enhanced Results, Enhanced Map, Enhanced Search and new and improved Widgets pack. Discounts will be available for those customers who bought an Enhanced plugin in the past 60 days and who want to upgrade to the new bundled Experience 4.4. Simply send an email to support, provide your order number, or purchaser name and request a coupon. Currently, active Premier subscribers are automatically signed up for these faster and improved features included in the Experience bundle.

The new features are explained in the below video. The Experience plugin introduces a new feature that will allow you to specify a map region with a short code map_region= on your locator page that will take precedence over the Map domain. It is an enhancement that should come in handy for international customers. The short code uses the country code TLD.

New Widget feature included with the Experience 4.4 Plugin

Another new feature is in the Widgets portion of the Experience Plug-in which allows a secondary drop-down selector with your location’s cities grouped under the state selector.

These features are ONLY available for the New Experience 4.4 subscriber. Documentation will be updated to reflect the way the Experience plugin appears behind the scenes (the back end). Watch this short video from the author for more information.

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Store Locator Plus version 4.4.05 , map domains, new add-on development , and Freemius feedback options

SLP version 4.4 had been undergoing testing and is now in production mode as 4.4.05 for download.


  • SLP 4.4 is compatible with all of the 4.3 add-ons
  • Changes were made to the way the query to the Google maps global router server were done. SLP 4.3 versions were using what Google suggested to determine the map queries.
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    For instance, if you had selected from the Map drop down choices, the map domain” Australia” you would expect a search for Melbourne to look in the Australia map for Melbourne, Australia. With the 4.3 version update, the map server was going to the central, or global router to direct to the Google Map servers instead of to the map domain selected in SLP. A video explains what changed and how it is now working

  • An optional “Freemius” system which is a tool to provide Store Locator Plus feedback as to why you deactivated the base plug-in. This will enable SLP to make improvements and catch issues early on. The benefit to the SLP plug-in users s that they are not required to register in the forum to report SLP as “not working.

For an overview of the SLP 4.4 upgrade please watch the Store Locator Plus short video, with some Pre-release news on the up and coming “Experience bundle” that will be offered as a compatible add-on to the new and improved 4.4 plugins. A faster, lighter, and more efficient experience is on its way!

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SLP 4.3.24 fixes “hide info bubble”, Enhanced Map 4.3.01, and Word Press USA conference

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SLP version 4.3.24 has been released with minor bug fix. It was reported that the “Hide Info Bubble” under Enhanced Map was not working properly. SLP 4.3.24 has patched that bug.

Enhanced Map 4.3.01

EM 4.3.01 provides better plugin management upon loading.

  • Fix: typo in help text on map settings.
  • Change: More efficient code-loading sequence with Store Locator Plus

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Use Twitter to find out where he’ll be while attending WP USA Word Camp Philadelphia through December 7th and/or to request a time to discuss any Store Locator Plus topics.

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Store Locator Plus update to version 4.3.22, fixes fallback to center map, changed and added styles, previews, and other patches

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Highlights of the fixes and updates:

A new style ” Beside Myself Again” has been added to the SLP plug-in style directory.  Additionally, some of the older styles that are no longer supported will not be displayed as a selection and may not work as well with the current 4.3 versions of the plug-in.

Under Experience/View  of  the SLP plugin styles, a new feature has been introduced. A thumbnail allows for you to preview  how the map will display when selecting one of the SLP  styles  when save settings is clicked.  The Plug-In styles options will be evident  if you have one of the add-ons such as Pro Pack, Enhanced Results or other Enhanced  SLP add-ons.

The callback setting that allows for a map to still be displayed  when the Google Map API server was “busy”  has been patched so that if you cleared the lat/long it resets properly.  This feature ONLY effects a site when Google was not working when queries were sent  to the server and  instead sending results to a longitude/latitude of (0,0) which is off the coast of Africa.

SLP 4.3.22 also patches how the SLP Search form Widget interfaced. When  re-directing  to a WP Map page that had a Store Locator Plus shortcode of “center map at”,  the  re-direct to the page was not reading the  specific SLP shortcode  on the page for center_map_at = “address”, and thus not rendering the correct map.

  • Enhancement: Add Plugin Styles preview images for some of the advanced themes.
  • Enhancement: Provide a trigger when showing admin interface subpanels for improved admin UI experience with add-on packs.
  • Enhancement: New Beside Myself Again Plugin Style. Map on left, search and results on right. Works best with The Experience Package of add-ons.
  • Enhancement: Added support for the new map info bubble footnote setting provided by the Premier add-on.
  • Fix: Center Map Fallback now gets proper lat/lng when a specific address is used for center map at and the center lat/lng is set to blank.
  • Fix: Make the Center Map At the default address when loading the map page via Widget references.
  • Change: Any user that has the update_plugins capability will allow the premium add-on packs to be updated. Prior to 4.3.21 this feature required and admin to have the manage_slp capability.
  • Change: Older Plugin Styles have been moved to the css/legacy directory including above_and_beyond_nyloboard_01, beside_the_point_2012, default_2014, default_old, default, and twentyfifteen_rev_02. All are superceded with newer versions.

The author has a short video explaining the functions and provides a quick visual reference and explanation. The video mentions version 4.3.21, but it is actually version 4.3.22 which envelopes 4.3.21.


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Store Locator Plus Updates: SLP 4.3.20 patches, geocoder fallback, and translations, Contact Extender 4.3.01

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Enhancements, patches and changes have been made to Store Locator Plus in version 4.3.20.

The extended data systems have been improved with several “corner case” issues resolved for users that are migrating data to new systems or creating a fresh install of location data within a new system. In some cases, the extended data was not being correctly saved to the locations table. Another major focus in this update involves language translations. A number of bug fixes included the setting of the default labels for fields such as “Email”, “Hours”, and “Fax” to non-English values when performing an initial install in a non-English language. This should assist our international customers in managing their SLP data. Another feature that has been added is the “fallback” latitude/longitude to provide a better location than 0,0 (which is off the coast of Africa in the middle of the ocean) when Google query is offline and comes back with “no results found”. An explanation of the Google MAP API is discussed in previous blogs in the SLP news.

SLP 4.3.20 Highlights:

  • Enhancement: Use Language Translations for the SLP INFO tab that includes the Plugin Environment
  • Enhancement: Use Language Translations for the back end under Experience/View/Settings
  • Enhancement: Google Geocoding fallback to a specified latitude/longtitude when Google query is offline
  • Fix: Data extension fields not importing when imported for the very first time. (Note: Import features only available to ProPack users)
  • Fix: When importing call to the special identifier field in Contact Extender
  • Fix: When updating an existing location and the address does not change, make sure that lat/long is retained.
  • Add: Hide SLP menu in the WP admin bar if user does not have manage–slp–admin capability
  • Fix: Load the proper default language settings for data driven default strings
  • Fix: Rename the language files to match the Translate.WordPress.Org standard of ‘store-locator-le’
  • Change: Swedish, Dutch and Azerbaiijani(Turkish) translations come direct from the WordPress Plugin Translation updates instead of the directory.
  • Contact Extender 4.3.01:

  • Fix: Special identifier field matching to work with external database identifiers when imported
  • Watch the author/developer’s tutorial video and commentary regarding Store Locator Plus update to version 4.3.20 and Contact Extender update to 4.3.01. If you have any questions regarding this update or any SLP products, please be sure to sign up for the free support forum. As always, we appreciate the SLP community and forum users who provide us with their plugin environment and details when posting.

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Store Locator Plus updates to Widgets 4.3.03, Enhanced Search 4.3.02 and Directory Builder 4.3.01

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Widgets for SLP Update

The Widget add-on version 4.3.03 tweaks the Search by State Widget to be more intuitive when the map is rendered. In previous versions, when a visitor to your site selected a state from the drop down menu the drop down box within the Enhanced Search form on your map page would continue to reflect the drop down menu for “all of the states” contained in your location database as the default. In Widget Pack 4.3.03 the user “selected state” from the Widget Pack will be the default in the search form on the map page. This is the only change made and is a minor tweak. To see how SLP Widgets works, view the developers short video.

Enhanced Search Update

The latest version of Enhanced Search, 4.3.02, adds some new features and rules to allow for easier customization for styling and UI designers to change the search selector layout with the store locator plus plug-in styles. For more information, view the developer’s short video. Changes:

  • Additional identifiers introduced in the sl div wrap
  • Updated code

Directory Builder Update

Directory Builder version 4.3.01 fixes an issue that was occurring on some sites and producing error messages if the Directory Builder add-on was loaded before SLP was loaded in the call stack. An explanation of this change and how Directory Builder works in general can be viewed in the developer’s short video.

All of the videos contained here are also available for later viewing from the Store Locator Plus Documentation page. A “playlist” menu can be seen in the corner of the video package.

If you have questions regarding these updates, please post in the forums and be sure to provide your Plug-in Environment information and review the Posting Guidelines. Premier members may post in the Premier Support forum. We ask the Premier subscribers to also review the posting guidelines. Thanks for using Store Locator Plus.

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Store Locator Plus v. 4.3.18 update, Google Maps JavaScript API information

Google Maps JavaScript API Geocoding issues, Part 2

Following up on the recent updates to Store Locator Plus and the Google Maps APIs, the Store Locator Plus developer found some major changes to the Google Map query structure that is effecting query returns when the geocoding function intiates from the SLP search. SLP 4.3.18 provides support to alleviate this issue while an alternative solution is investigated. For more information on how Google Maps Javascript Application Programming Interface (API) works with Store Locator Plus and the issues please watch Lance’s video, Google Map JavaScript API part 2.

Store Locator Plus 4.3.18

The recent patch to SLP is intended to prevent the endless looping of the geocoding query from your search form to Google. The endless loop may manifest itself as a result of a Google server glitch, and may freeze up your interface, preventing your map from loading at all. This was an issue when the Google server was down and coming back with no results found for locations, thus initiating the query over and over. The recent development is occurring due to changes to the Google Map API and is discussed in the developers video above. 4.3.18 also fixes the default email link that was incorrectly rendering under the results section. Additionally, 4.3.18 adds support for renaming extended data field slugs to improve the Extended Data Manager add-on interface. See the SLP Change Log and the developer’s short video for more information.

Thank you to those forum posters who are working with us when reporting any issues and providing the SLP support team with their Plugin environment.

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Store Locator Plus 4.3.15 Google API Server key for Developer Consoles , Enhanced Results 4.3.02 Ordering and Email link patches

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The recent Store Locator Plus 4.3.15  update has been released with minor changes to the code  and  a Google Developer  Console has been added to support the Google API key.  This feature is NOT needed for most users and will not effect your current settings.   The  change aides developers with API keys and effects Google server upload time outs that may occur for those sites with large import lists. This setting can be found under the General tab in Store Locator Plus user interface bar. For more information please refer to the below video.

Enhanced Results

A bug was discovered in Enhanced Results 4.3 that was not caught during testing of the pre-release.  The Sort order by Name was not performing correctly when there were no ranked locations. Version 4.3.02 has patched the ordering results. The second patch  to Enhanced Results  concerns the display of the  email link. The selected display style was not properly executing. That bug has also been fixed.

Note:  Anyone who owns SLP or any of its add-on plug-ins are welcome to test the pre-release versions available in your Downloads page.  By testing the pre-releases, you aid the developer in catching any issues prior to release of the production version. To see which Store Locator Plus version(s) and add-ons that you may have installed, go to your SLP admin panel under the Info tab and click on the Plug-in Environment tab.  For more information on these changes and other useful tips by the author and developer of Store Locator Plus, please view the videos in the Documentation playlist.  The videos for the recent updates ; Store locator Plus 4.3.15 and Enhanced Results v 4.3.02 is below. As always, thank you for using Store Locator Plus and if you have any questions, please post in the forums and be sure to follow the posting guidelines.

Enhanced Results 4.3.02 video

Store Locator Plus 4.3.15 video

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Store Locator Plus 4.3.07 release patches the results listing, closest to farthest, and adds new feature for Enhanced layouts

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Store Locator Plus has published the version 4.3.07 and is available to download

The major change was a patch to fix the reversed order of the location listings. The default setting is back to the norm of “nearest location first” if location sensor is on.

The other major change fixes the settings in the premier 4.3.01 plug-ins only.
There was a glitch discovered during recent testing. Settings that were checked were resetting when a new location was added or a new page was added. For premier members there are settings to enable cluster markers, boundary definitions, google guesses, country guess and other features only available with a Premier subscription. This has been fixed so your settings should now remain as you saved them.

New features

A new option that is available for those of you who have Enhanced Results or Enhanced Map. The Layout panel under the Experience tab is where you may change the default layout structure if you so desire for those SLP members who have the referenced add-on packs installed. There is a new option that allows for https to be added in the layouts instead of the url weblink. Please view the short video for more information.

Word Press 4.3 INFO

The latest version release of WP 4.3 created an issue that effects the way the CRON jobs were recorded in the WP option tables. This will slow down your server. There is information available, contact us via email for a link to that information and/or search the info and news that is published under SLP blog. WP knows about the glitch and expects to have it fixed in a future release. We do not have an ETA for that release date.

Important Video for Technical users, site administrators and forum members

The video contains important information concerning WP bugs, updates, plug-in environment information,CRON, bug fix to the order of the location results (were reversed from closest to farthest) has been updated to fix the glitch as well as premier add-on packs settings.

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Locator Styles Update SLP 4.3.03

Update 4.3.03 was released for Store Locator Plus today.   The update includes a patch to the plugin styles (formerly known as themes) and simplifies the process of applying those styles.     Shortcodes that were appearing in the results for some plugin styles has been fixed.   The directions link has also been fixed.

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